You can’t play a bit of footie without a ball or two. So, it was an inauspicious start to the Hastings United WF session in the Cage of Dreams with 17 players and not a pigskin bladder between them. Blame fell squarely on The Cat’s broad shoulders because the old fool left them in the boot of his car and had walked to the park.

A ten-minute delay saw the teams picked for a tripartite round robin and a bag of balls fetched.

And what a morning’s football it was with a glut of great goals ( most scored against the forgetful Cat as punishment.)

The goalies stayed on for 90 minutes with the three teams revolving around them, and Ricky DLTN in the sandy end distinguished himself by keeping clean sheet after clean sheet with a string of masterful and unshowy stops. In fact, he was only beaten twice the whole session with Matty and Magic Wond scoring one apiece in the very last game – by which time Ricky was cream-crackered.

It was a session for the skillful on the rain-deposited sandy surface.

Rusty always plays well but he excelled himself this morning with four great goals and some superb linking play with Speedy Steve, the one-hip wonder. It really does bode well for future tournaments with this pair in midfield.

The Cat managed four or five good saves but was left flat-footed by some super strikes from Puffing Paul Hutton and Russ.

Holy Paul got lucky with divine intervention and a complete mishit which beat the Cat and one of Rusty’s efforts swerved twice in the air after he put his laces through a ball from 15 yards. The pick of the bunch was him turning Hassan inside out three times before hitting the bottom corner. It was poetry in motion.

John Wand and Bexhill Chris had another good session, including a rare goal for him, but there was nothing on the score sheet for The Assassin (67) or Bobby Dazzler despite both not putting a foot wrong.

Time and again, Chairman Phil’s efforts to control the game from the centre circle were thwarted by good saves from Ricky but the Scouser kept plugging away and took his chances well.
Matty was full of walking and deserved his late goal while Granite Bob made his presence felt with minimum whooping this week.

It was a family session played in superb spirit but there was no luck upfront for Keegan and newbie Ken did okay with what little ball he was given.

No ref this week so the whistle was Coronaed round between a few, including Charlie and Blind Chris who didn’t give what he couldn’t see. Hassan and Hugh Canoe had quiet games, for them, but the whole session was played in excellent spirit and great sportsmanship. It’s a beautiful game.

MoM: Rusty.